We are pleased to inform you of the latest Spanish court victories over the last few weeks. M1 Legal secured TWENTY TWO positive awards with a total value of £447,895, which is an average of £20,358 per case. Our highest award from these latest results is confirmed against Silverpoint valued at £49,312.
Please see below a breakdown of the substantive results:
We also received a positive decision against Anfi whereby the case was decided in our favour twice, both in the First Instance and in the Court of Appeal, declaring the contract null due to lack of property information (Law 42/1998). Anfi took this particular case to the Supreme Court in Spain, which has now also ruled in our favour confirming the previous judgments.
Six cases valued at £82,960
Our jurisdiction positive results were:
In one of the CLC World cases, (CLC UK PLC) they requested the discontinuance of the lawsuit pending a preliminary ruling on the question of jurisdiction before the European Court. The Court Of Appeal has declined this request, declaring that the lawsuit continues to proceed under Spanish law.
In the Marriott case, the judge has declined the jurisdiction issue raised by Marriott based on the EU regulation 1215/2012 and Spanish Law LOPJ art.22, declaring the Spanish courts competent to process the claim.
In one of the Diamond Resort's cases, the judge declined the defendant's jurisdiction argument declaring the Spanish courts competent to process the claim. In the other Diamond Resorts case, the judge declared that Diamond Resorts Europe (the company that absorbed Sunterra) is liable to be claimed under Spanish jurisdiction.
In two of the CLC World cases (Continental and Paradise Trading), There was an appeal for reversal which was declined by the judge which ends the jurisdiction issue.
All cases mentioned above will now proceed to the next step.
A great achievement to all involved in these cases.
During the Timeshare sales boom of the 80s & 90s, potential buyers were lured in by the promise of affordable exotic holidays, flexible exchange programmes and the impression that Timeshare would be a valuable "investment".
In an industry with little or no regulation, high pressure sales tactics were rife and contract smallprint was often glossed over and explained away by sharp salespeople.
Many Timeshare buyers were therefore unaware that they were actually making significant, long term financial commitments on behalf of themselves and their families.
To find out how you can escape the Timeshare Trap please complete the short Timeshare Release Wizard now.
For many Timeshare owners, annual maintenance fees were barely considered token amounts in the early "honeymoon period" of ownership.
However, year-on-year increases imposed by the resorts over time now mean that the maintenance fees have risen to become substantial sums.
Owners are also facing the prospect of ongoing yearly fee increases and realising that they (and their families) are often committed to long term contracts for generations to come.
Please try our Future Fees Calculator to estimate your liabilities over the term of your Timeshare contract, based on an annual increase of 7.5%.
If you're concerned about rising fees and how to escape the Timeshare Trap, please contact us today.
Recent comments from RCI Timeshare owners who have come to us for help with contract cancellation:
“We 'swapped ‘another place in Tenerife for this in order to move to the points system. Since then, getting exchanges to desirable resorts proves almost impossible, irrespective of in-season or off-season.”
“I purchased my timeshare in 1999 and have been a timeshare member ever since. More often than not, I have not be able to go where I wanted and have ended up giving a few weeks to Friends, etc to book somewhere they wanted in order not to lose the weeks. I have then stayed in a hotel!! I am desperately trying to get rid of the timeshare and am now paying Timeshare Shop in Manchester to get rid of it for me.”